Stage 2 English Literary Studies focuses on the skills and strategies of critical thinking needed to interpret texts. Through the shared and individual study of texts, students encounter different opinions about texts, have opportunities to exchange and develop ideas, find evidence to support a personal view, learn to construct logical and convincing arguments, and consider a range of critical interpretations of texts.

English Literary Studies focuses on ways in which literary texts represent culture and identity, and on the dynamic relationship between authors, texts, audiences, and contexts. Students develop an understanding of the power of language to represent ideas, events, and people in particular ways and of how texts challenge or support cultural perceptions.

Students produce responses that show the depth and clarity of their understanding. They extend their ability to sustain a reasoned critical argument by developing strategies that allow them to weigh alternative opinions against each other. By focusing on the creativity and craft of the authors, students develop strategies to enhance their own skills in creating texts and put into practice the techniques they have observed.

In Stage 2 English Literary Studies, the content is divided into two sections:

Responding to texts

Students study a variety of literary texts (both shared and individual) to develop an understanding of:

  • How readers are influenced
  • How texts can be compared
  • Critical perspectives of texts
  • Interpretations of texts
  • Literary conventions and stylistic features in texts
  • Aesthetic qualities of literary texts
Creating texts

Students create texts that enable them to apply the knowledge, skills, and understanding developed through their study of literary texts in a range of forms.

Stage 2 English Literary Studies prepares students for a range of different study and work contexts. It is of particular value to students who wish to apply for entry to interstate universities which require English study to the highest level in the final year of high school.

English Literary Studies is a 20-credit subject in Stage 2 and can be used in calculating a student’s ATAR. The assessment has three components:

  • Responding to Texts (50%)
  • Creating Texts (20%)
  • External assessment (30%)
  • Comparative text study (15%)
  • Critical reading examination (15%)

Students are exposed to a number of texts including film, novels, poetry and drama texts some of which are recommended and some which are sourced by students themselves.